Astro/Star tracker recommendation.

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  1. lionking

    lionking Supporting Member

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    Hey guys!
    I am looking into Astro/Star trackers, any recommendations, por personal experience, i have no idea whats important, which features to look for...

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    Obviously it depends on what you want to do. A smaller, lighter, cheaper star tracker works ok to try it out for wide angle star shots. For longer lenses or longer exposures a heavier system with counterbalances becomes necessary.

    I have the old version of the ioptron skytracker. It is small enough that I can hike with it and works well with a wide angle lens for shots a few minutes long. As I understand it the new version is a little more robust.

    Make sure to get a scope for polar alignment (mine came with one). Setup takes some practice but isn't too bad.
     
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    Here's a 3-minute exposure at ISO 2500 tracked with the ioptron. Blending the sky with the ground can be somewhat challenging.
    2514 Milky Way and Air Glow Over Glacier Point_850.jpg
     
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    Great suggestions and thoughts Kyle!

    So yeah Andrey how do you want to use the star tracker?
     
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    Thank you for your detailed comment Kyle, i am for something light, mostly for MW shots, i would say up to 50mm for now and maybe 100mm later, the ioptron looks nice, and on the budget, great example, thank you for sharing.
     
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    Thank you Jim.
    Something light, mostly for MW shots for now, since the cloud season is over...
    :D
     

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